A federal report released Sept. 29 shows more than 90 percent of Missouri’s nursing homes were cited for federal health and safety violations in 2007. According to this news report, the numbers were released from the Department of Health and Human Services, which reflected this trend across the country. The problems associated with most nursing homes included nursing home abuse or neglect, errors handling medication and infected bedsores.
In Missouri, the average nursing home had about eight deficiencies in 2007. That is an increase compared to 2005. Also, almost every nursing home in Missouri – about 92 percent – had some type of deficiency or record of violation.
Here’s another interesting finding from the report. Nursing homes, which operated as a for-profit business had more violations than non-profit homes. The Bush administration will start using a five-star program in December to rank the overall quality of care for the country’s nursing homes.
Nursing home negligence and abuse cases are among the most heartbreaking of personal injury cases because in most cases, the vulnerable victims are severely injured or lose their lives because of the negligence or abuse. Our firm will go after unethical nursing homes that give more importance to profits than the people they are supposed to serve.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of nursing home abuse or negligence, please call an experienced Missouri nursing home negligence attorney to discuss your case. Our consultations are free, comprehensive and completely confidential.